Art History

The PhD program in Art History at Rice University trains students for academic research and teaching, curatorial positions, and other careers in the visual arts. Students have the opportunity to learn not only from the faculty members in the Department of Art History, but also from affiliated professors in other disciplines and from the collections and curators of Houston’s museums, who are our educational partners.

Working from a range of theoretical positions, our faculty includes specialists in the art of the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, whose research and teaching covers periods from antiquity to the present. The Department of Art History's graduate program encourages interdisciplinary coursework and research in part through collaborative links between the department and its affiliated faculty who serve as curators in Houston or who teach visual and material culture in other departments at Rice.

Generous funding for students is available, including annual stipends and tuition waivers, prizes and awards, and funding for travel to libraries, archives, museums in the U.S. and abroad, as well as language study.  Fellowships are available to enable students to work closely with curators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Menil Collection. Graduate students at Rice also have the opportunity to gain experience as teaching assistants and course instructors

For more information, please visit the Department of Art History website and consult the graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:


All prospective applicants should note that the Department of Art History is offering a Ph.D. Program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master's degree. While an M.A. degree is not available through the department, students typically earn one as they progress through the Ph.D. program.

Areas of Research:

  • 18th / 19th Century European Art
  • Chinese Art and Visual Culture
  • Classical Art and Architecture
  • Early American Art and Architecture
  • Early Modern (Renaissance and Baroque) Art and Architecture
  • History and Theory of Film
  • Latin American Art and Architecture
  • Medieval Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art

The Department of Art History Contact Info:

Graham Bader, Chair and Associate Professor
Location: 103 Herring Hall
Phone: 713-348-3316
Fax: 713-348-4039